Kelsey Grammer explains why David Hyde Pierce won’t star in ‘Frasier’ revival



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Kelsey Grammer reprises Dr. Fraser Crane.

He’s reviving his hit series “Frasier,” which originally ran on NBC from 1993 to 2004.

he is he told People magazine Rehearsals begin in February for the program, which has been in development for “about six or seven years.”

“It was slow,” Grammer said. “We were like, This isn’t a bad idea. This might be a good idea!”

He said the plan was to bring back the original cast for the revival, which is set to stream on Paramount+. John Mahoney, who played Fraser’s father Martin Crane, passed away in 2018.

Grammer said that David Hyde Pierce chose not to return as Fraser’s brother.

“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in reprising Niles,” Grammer said.

He said that’s not a bad thing.

“In a very funny way, we took it to a new place, which we originally wanted to do anyway, which was Frasier III,” Grammer said. “It’s a whole new life for him.”

He said the new show will pay homage to characters who aren’t there.

“We will certainly respond to the fact that there is such-and-such a brother,” Grammer said. “But a new world for Frasier is one of new friendships — and some new twists and turns he didn’t know were still out there.”

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